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Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker   8 ohm

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Celestion Rocket 50s sound great with any playing style and won't break the bank!

Look inside the back of a standard 4x12 and you may well find Rocket 50s bolted inside.


SPECIFICATIONS

Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker

  • Nominal diameter: 12", 305mm
  • Power rating: 50W
  • Nominal impedance: 8 ohm
  • Sensitivity: 95dB
  • Chassis type: Pressed steel
  • Voice coil diameter: 1.5", 38.1mm
  • Voice coil material: Round copper
  • Magnet type: Ceramic
  • Magnet weight: 17oz, 0.48kg
  • Frequency range: 85-5000Hz
  • Resonance frequency, Fs: 90Hz
  • DC resistance, Re: 6.74 ohms
  • Mounting Information
  • Diameter: 12.2", 309mm
  • Overall depth: 4.8", 122mm
  • Magnet structure diameter: 3.9", 100mm
  • Cut-out diameter: 11.1", 283mm
  • Mounting slot dimensions: 0.31", 7.9mm
  • Number of mounting slots: 4
  • Mounting slot PCD: 11.7", 297mm
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs., 2.0kg
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CelestionRocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (5)
  • Improves sound (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Break it in and it's great.

This is not the best Celestion you can buy, it's the cheapest 12 inch Celestion you can buy. I have a Peavey ValveKing VK112 combo and I replaced the stock speaker with this Rocket...Read complete review

This is not the best Celestion you can buy, it's the cheapest 12 inch Celestion you can buy. I have a Peavey ValveKing VK112 combo and I replaced the stock speaker with this Rocket 50. I wanted the cheapest way to have a Celestion "British voiced" speaker. It was a bit harsh at first but I expected a break-in period and finally this speaker warmed right up to me. It can get very loud. It's not a Vintage 30 or a Classic Lead 80 but it's a real Celestion with tight lows, plenty of mids and just enough highs. I love recording this speaker with a good instrument mic. It's seems to work well with many genres. I play a Strat and an SG through it. Sounds great once it's broken in. For "British Voiced" on the cheap you can't beat it. It brought my cheap tube amp to life.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

like a blanket over an amp

This speaker came with my Blackstar HT20 Amp. Let me say right away that in 20+ years of serious playing, I've never before changed a speaker in an amp, and was never even...Read complete review

This speaker came with my Blackstar HT20 Amp. Let me say right away that in 20+ years of serious playing, I've never before changed a speaker in an amp, and was never even tempted to. After getting the Blackstar amp, I was initially going to return it. I was convinced to try installing a different speaker first, and man, oh man: the sound changed completely. The Rocket is neither articulate when playing clean, nor can it handle distortion well. Someone before me described is as a blanket over your amp, and I think that's a great way to visualize it. Stay away, unless you need a cheap replacement, or are using it for a practice amp, only.

The two good things about are: it's cheap, and it's significantly lighter than the Celestion Vintage 30, which replaced it.

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2.0

like a blanket over an amp

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from NJ

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Pros

  • Cheap
  • Light

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

    This speaker came with my Blackstar HT20 Amp. Let me say right away that in 20+ years of serious playing, I've never before changed a speaker in an amp, and was never even tempted to. After getting the Blackstar amp, I was initially going to return it. I was convinced to try installing a different speaker first, and man, oh man: the sound changed completely. The Rocket is neither articulate when playing clean, nor can it handle distortion well. Someone before me described is as a blanket over your amp, and I think that's a great way to visualize it. Stay away, unless you need a cheap replacement, or are using it for a practice amp, only.

    The two good things about are: it's cheap, and it's significantly lighter than the Celestion Vintage 30, which replaced it.

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    5.0

    Nice driver

    By 

    from Boone, IA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Guitar Amp

      Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

      I used this speaker as a replacement for a Jensen in a Peavey Classic VT100. It was a perfect match. The amp sounds better than new! Shipping was next day! WOW!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      NOT EXPENSIVE, BUT A CELESTION SPEAKER!

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      from Albuquerque, NM

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Works In A 2x12 Cabinet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Birch Plywood Cabinet
        • Practicing

        Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

        I have purchased four of these speakers for use in a couple of birch plywood cabinets, with a 2X12 baffle, similar to the Pre-CBS Fender Bandmaster cabinet. The plywood responds much better than MDF, and it weighs much less. Probably works just as well in a pine cabinet. Since I no longer have any 4X12 cabinets, I can not offer any information, but, I have a positive feeling about using these Celestions in this type of cabinet. I have tested these speakers with a number of different amplifiers, all tube, and find that they work well, even better than the stock speakers. These are not inexpensive tube heads, and the one that I am using the two cabinets with, is a Fender Super amp head from the mid 1990's. The amp was originally in a 4X10 combo, but, the cabinet was damaged beyond repair after it fell off of the back of a truck. The amplifier still worked, so, it was installed in a Fender style head enclosure, after the local amp technician worked on it, which included new tubes, and a different power chord. Fender rated the amplifier at 65 watts with 8 ohm speakers. That has to be taken into consideration, and one should check out which configuration works for an 8 ohm output. Speaker installation is simple, in an existing cabinet. Be sure that speakers are wired to the cross-over identically. Just use the existing fasteners, that are installed, already. The frame of the speaker is sturdy, but, be careful not to damage the cone, otherwise, your new speaker(s) will be useless. The two cabinets were sealed with porting,front loading, so I can not say how the speakers will sound in an open back cabinet. In a closed cabinet, the speakers perform very well. Even though they are inexpensive, consider that they are genuine Celestions, and have better quality control than some other speaker manufacturers. This is not a slur against Emminence, but directed toward cheap imports. Some of these imports are more expensive than these Celestion speakers, even though these speakers are manufactured overseas, but, with strict requirements.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        use them correctly

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        from ALBANY NY

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Great tone
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

        these drivers are wound for hybrid and solid state amps

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Break it in and it's great.

        By 

        from Oklahoma

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

          This is not the best Celestion you can buy, it's the cheapest 12 inch Celestion you can buy. I have a Peavey ValveKing VK112 combo and I replaced the stock speaker with this Rocket 50. I wanted the cheapest way to have a Celestion "British voiced" speaker. It was a bit harsh at first but I expected a break-in period and finally this speaker warmed right up to me. It can get very loud. It's not a Vintage 30 or a Classic Lead 80 but it's a real Celestion with tight lows, plenty of mids and just enough highs. I love recording this speaker with a good instrument mic. It's seems to work well with many genres. I play a Strat and an SG through it. Sounds great once it's broken in. For "British Voiced" on the cheap you can't beat it. It brought my cheap tube amp to life.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          NIGHT AND DAY!

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          from SYRACUSE NY

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

              I put one of these in a acoustic g35fx lead series amp and it greatly improved the sound the stock speaker is rated at 35 watts but could not handle the amp past 4 and was lifeless i owned a marshall mc412 cab and it had these in it (not the mg412) put everything into it from clean and bright to full on death core and it shined thru the spectrum yes get it! and yes ive played thru the vintage 30s and they are not three times as nice just 3 times the price

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              (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Ok, but a tad harsh.

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              from South Dakota

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Light weight
              • Tight Bass
              • Tight Cone
              • Well built

              Cons

              • Harsh Highs
              • Slugish Mids

              Best Uses

              • Dark Amp With Dull Highs
              • Open Back Cab
              • The Garbage

              Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

              This speaker is ok. With the right amp and cab Im sure it sounds nice, but it is a bit harsh. This sounds nothing like a vintage 30 if thats the sound your going for. Overall, harsh highs, tight but quiet lows, buzzy mids. Still a quality speaker, not the right sound for me.

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              (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not Bad

              By 

              from HorsesAss, NY

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                    Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                    ordered two and they came packed in different boxes with different id tags.... almost as if they were re-packing nos speakers and selling as current new

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                    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Helped Bring My Amp To Life

                    By 

                    from Northeast Ohio

                    Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                    I have a Crate V18-12 that was a very dark and lifeless sounding amp. I did two things to it recently that made it a much better sounding amp. I put a Groove Tube 12AU7 in the phase inverter slot and replace the stock speaker with the Celstion Rocket 50. I replaced the speaker first and I'll give the speaker about 25% of the credit and this tube the other 75% for making my amp sound 100% better.

                    The speaker and tube change improved everything - brightened it, added more clean headroom, added definition and harmonics and improved the sound when using my Bad Monkey distortion pedal.

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                    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good speaker

                    By 

                    from RI

                    Comments about Celestion Rocket 50 50W, 12" Guitar Speaker:

                    I installed 4 of these 16 ohms Rockets in a bottom B cab thats I completely re-done over, new wire, casters, Marshall speaker plate that's wired to switch to 16 mono or 8 & 4 sterio ohms.I bought these without ever hearing them but I did read reviews before buying them.These speakers were apparently suppose to be a better mid ranging sound speaker according to sound skamatic diagrams done on them.After installing them I decide to install a 4" layer of fiberglass on the back pannel of the cabinet to help with lower frequency responce...This works really well and actually made the speakers sound much deeper than the A cab I have sitting on top of it, which is an actual 1960 Lead cab loaded with g12T-75.I'm not entirely impressed with these speakers in the sence that they lack top end crisp sound I was hoping to get but I think it's because of the head I am using, Soldano Hot Rod 50 plus.For the price these are a great choice and will do mids very well but if your looking for a crispier sound they aren't the ones...

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